The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route New Jersey (W3R-NJ) announces the appointment of Catherine Paretti of Lebanon, NJ to the W3R-NJ Board of Directors and as Vice Chair on the Executive Committee. She will serve in the capacity as the organization’s French-American Liaison to support member events and raise the public awareness of the French-American Alliance first begun in the Revolutionary War and continuing to this day. “The addition of Ms. Paretti to the W3R-NJ Board of Directors and as Vice Chair, French-American Liaison, signals that W3R-NJ is the premiere non-profit organization whose sole mission is to commemorate the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail in New Jersey and the French-American Alliance in the Revolutionary War that made winning the American Revolutionary War possible,” said Julie Diddell, Chair, W3R-NJ.
Born in Fontainebleau France, Ms. Paretti immigrated to the United States when she was 4 and she holds both French and US citizenships. She attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers NJ, focusing on Visual Arts and she has been a Visual Merchandising Director for over twenty-five years for major retail businesses.
In addition to her membership in W3R-NJ and its national organization W3R-US, Ms. Paretti belongs to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution Auxiliary, the American Legion, the NJ Council Columbiettes, the American Friends of Lafayette, the Ellis Island Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ms. Paretti’s other interests include genealogy research, history, traveling, art and fashion and her gardening hobby which includes a lavender garden, decorating, photography and knitting as well as spending time with her husband, Robert Putz and two West Highland Terriers.
“I’ll be reaching out to the French-American businesses and to people of French heritage who live in New Jersey and invite them to become engaged in W3R-NJ which will has social events that are fun and celebrate the French-American Alliance,” said Ms. Paretti.
The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail represents the route that French and Continental troops marched along on the way to carry out the 1781 siege of Yorktown, VA causing the British to capitulate in the final campaign of the Revolutionary War. In 2009, President Obama designated the almost 700 mile trail corridor across land and water, a national historic trail, a unit of the National Park Service. The Trail traverses many routes up and down New Jersey counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Somerset, Morris, Mercer, Middlesex and Hudson where the original campsites, historic homes and churches, historical markers and some original roads still exist that either witnessed or were actual historic sites used during the August 1781 march of troops.
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